Joined on 03/05/07
Pros: Another homerun for LG, in providing a low cost high quality product. True the drive probably doesn't come with SATA cables, driver CD or mounting screws, but that is to be expected when buying OEM. This should have a 5 star rating. It's a shame noobs don't know what they're buying and give it a low rating. Was recognized by PC on first boot up - no problems at all.
Cons: Probably isn't the fastest blue-ray drive out there, but it has an affordable cost to make up for it.
Overall Review: Was looking to build an HTPC for under $600. Needed a blue-ray drive and this LG drive fit the bill. Glad I purchased it and would do it again.
Top Notch Router for the $$$
Pros: - Easy Setup - Rock Solid Stable - Nice Onboard Software
Overall Review: Obviously there are better routers out there, but you'll pay a LOT more too. This little router gives you excellent bang for your buck. I have a wifi AP and 2 switches extending from this router. 100% up-time since I plugged it in. Easily supports multiple devices in my home: 2 smart phones, ipad, 3 desktops, chromebook, chromecast, Wii, and a smart tv. All devices running at almost max speed from my ISP. I pay for 30Mbs down, and usually test speeds at about 27Mbs on all devices. Very happy with purchase.
Best WiFi Experience Ever
Pros: - Rock Solid Stable - Excellent Range (even through multiple walls/floors) - Excellent Wifi Connectivity Speed - Easy Setup - Excellent Software
Cons: It wasn't free
Overall Review: I live in a 3 story house (including finished basement) in a neighborhood that is absolutely saturated with home wifi signals. I went through 4 different standard home routers (linksys, tp-link, d-link, etc) and all of them were troublesome. Poor range, slow speeds, and required frequent rebooting. I finally decided to spend a little more money and get a wired router and this enterprise level wifi AP. The AP is mounted on my ceiling in center of house on top floor. I get full signal strength in all locations of my house and outside in my yard. Testing on my phone I was able to consistently get 20+Mbs down which is far better than the normal 3-4Mbs of standard home routers. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Pros: Extremely easy setup, was literally just plug-n-play. I have a 2 story house, ISP modem is in the top floor in my office and I needed internet 2 floors down in my basement. WiFi was horrible down in the basement, so I got 2 of these to try. My ISP gives me 25mb down and using these I now get about 10-15mb down in the basement. That speed is perfectly fine for me, and is expected as my network is spread on different circuits and goes through the breaker box. I plan on getting a 3rd one to run internet to another room that is hard to reach WiFi too.
Cons: None. Speed degradation was expected as I'm going across multiple circuits.
NEEDS a Heatsink
Pros: This is billed as a "Light to Medium Gaming" APU, however it performs way better than what I was expecting. It handles everything I've thrown at it without even flinching. CoD Black Ops, Mass Effect, Half Life 2, etc, and all on maxed out graphics. Scored a 7.5 in Windows 7 I wanted to build an affordable HTPC, that could do more than just stream video (i.e. I wanted to play modern games on my big screen tv). This has been perfect in accomplishing my goals.
Cons: This thing absolutely requires an after market heatsink. I first installed it with the included heatsink, using the thermal paste that was already on it. BIG MISTAKE. The CPU was idling at 60c in the BIOS screen. I rebooted several times, and checked and rechecked to make sure I had it installed properly, as well as letting it sit there for an hour just to be sure, as I was shocked that it was reaching 60c just idling in the BIOS screen. Next I re-installed the same heatsink provided by AMD, this time using a good after market thermal paste. This dropped the temperature down to 50c while idle, which was a definite step in the right direction, but still too hot for me. In the end I purchased a Zalman heatsink and installed it with some good thermal paste. This dropped the temp while idle down to 36c. IMO, no reason to dock an egg. I just trying to save a buck and convinced myself I could get by with the stock heatsink.
Overall Review: Was a great buy for my HTPC. Would recommend this to anyone who wanted to build a budget gaming PC. case: Siverstone mobo: ASUS F1A75-M Pro ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 8BG 1866 cpu: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano